Ray Pritchard's Bio:
Ray Pritchard is senior pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, Illinois. He has ministered extensively overseas, preaching in Paraguay, Colombia, Haiti, Russia, and Belize. He is a frequent guest on the Moody Radio Network program “Primetime America.”
Pritchard’s previous books include And When You Pray, Frequently Asked Questions, In the Shadow of the Cross, and Leadership Lessons of Jesus, coauthored with Bob Briner.
Of his latest book, He’s God and We’re Not, Pritchard says: “This book is meant to help us focus on those things that matter most. Writing it has been an adventure that started several years ago when I stumbled upon the First Law of the Spiritual Life – He’s God and we’re not. Sometime after discovering the First Law, I began thinking about putting together a short list of basic truths of the spiritual life that under gird everything we believe, teach and practice. Eventually I ended up with Seven Laws which begin and end with God.”
Pritchard adds that as a pastor, every day of his life is spent trying to explain Christianity to men and women who want to know God better. Whenever and where ever he has preached, Christians are searching for the same thing – to know God intimately, deeply and personally. “We want to know the God who made us, and we want to know how to make life work the way God says it ought to work. That’s where the Seven Laws come in.”
“The First Law reminds us that everything begins with God and the Seventh Law teaches us that everything ends with God. In between, which is where we all live during our short life on earth, everything depends on God. True spirituality is God-centered in the highest sense of the word. We must not fall into the self-help trap of thinking that everything depends on us. Everything depends on God.”
Pritchard holds a D.Min. from Talbot School of Theology, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Psychology from Tennessee Temple College. He and his wife Marlene are the parents of three sons.